A Formula for Achievement in Mathematics Education: The Combination of Glencoe Math and ALEKS[R] Fosters Growth and Success in Secondary Math Students

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A Formula for Achievement in Mathematics Education: The Combination of Glencoe Math and ALEKS[R] Fosters Growth and Success in Secondary Math Students


Two years ago, when it became clear that their previous curricula for grades 6 through 8 did not align with required math standards, school leaders at Berwick Alternative K-8 School in Columbus, Ohio, began looking for a replacement. Berwick has 700 students, 60 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Keith Emrick, a sixth-grade math teacher at Berwick, was among the first to use Glencoe Math from McGraw-Hill Education in the classroom. During the 2013-14 school year, Emrick saw a 24 percent increase in student achievement. The next school year, Glencoe Math was purchased for the entire middle school.

Glencoe Math is a robust middle school math program designed to engage students and to develop their critical-thinking ability. It is interactive, highly customizable, and incorporates the latest standards on a blend of print and digital platforms. In the 2015-16 school year the school purchased ALEKS, another McGraw-Hill Education product, and teachers began using Glencoe Math and ALEKS together. ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path for each student. This robust digital-learning program adapts to each student's level by delivering periodic assessments that determine what each student is most ready to learn.

Student engagement

Over the last few years, Emrick has created his own formula for using Glencoe Math and ALEKS together in the classroom.

"I usually put the Glencoe Math lesson on a projector and go through it with the kids," says Emrick. "Then I have them work In their student textbooks. I stress that they need to follow everything we do in class with ALEKS. This year, their only homework is ALEKS."

Once students complete their homework on ALEKS, Emrick pulls data to see how well they did. …

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